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Unit description

Provides an introduction to the skills needed to estimate the sustainable harvest from a forest, and to use simulation modelling in a decision support framework, in the context of forest management planning and environmental management. Students will complete a simulation model as part of major assignment that will prepare them for oversight of forest yield regulation projects.

Unit content

Context of modelling and prediction in management planning.

Interplay between people, institutions, plans and models in resource management.

Modelling approaches, languages and tools.

Introduction to the Visual Modelling Environment, Simile.

Basic concepts of modelling in system dynamics approaches.

Individual-based modelling.

Population-based modelling.

Advanced modelling techniques.

Testing and presenting models.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1understand the role of simulation modelling in forest management planningIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
2identify forest and environmental issues that simulation modelling can help to resolveIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
3identify and implement a suitable modelling approachIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
4gather and synthesise relevant information and dataIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
5complete simulations and present findingsIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
6identify strength and weaknesses of a model.Intellectual rigourLifelong learningCommunication and social skills

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. understand the role of simulation modelling in forest management planning
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  2. identify forest and environmental issues that simulation modelling can help to resolve
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  3. identify and implement a suitable modelling approach
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  4. gather and synthesise relevant information and data
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  5. complete simulations and present findings
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  6. identify strength and weaknesses of a model.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Teaching and assessment

Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information

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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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